Advanced Topics in Wireless Networking

Fall 2010, Room 4260, 14:10~17:00 Monday
Instructor: Kun-chan Lan
(this course is offered in English)


Date Content Note
2010-9-13 Today's class start at 3:10pm instead of 2:10pm.  
2010-9-26 Tomorrow's(9/27) class will be canceled because professor have to go to a NSC meeting tomorrow (postponed due to last week's typhoon).  
2010-10-10 Tomorrow's(10/11) class is canceled due to that the lecturer needs to attend 自由軟體暨嵌入式系統計畫Light-Weight CMMI研討會  
2010-10-14 Next class(10/18), the tutorial on TinyOS and sensors(Todd), will be given in room.603 雲平大樓(東棟).  



The aim of this course is to introduce some advanced topics in wireless networks, including Sensor Network, Delay Tolerant Network (DTN), Vehicular Ad-Hoc Network (VANET), Mobile Peer-to-Peer. The format of this course will be based on paper discussion and some hands-on laboratories. The aim of this course to enable students to learn how to combine materials learnt from class with real applications.


  • Wireless sensor network
  • Vehicular Ad-hoc Network




Prof. Kun-chan Lan
Office: Room 309, 3rd Floor, East Block, Yun-Ping Building
Office hours: 11-12pm on Monday or 11-12pm on Tuesday, by appointment via e-mail
Email: klan AT
TEL: +886 6 2757575 ext 62550


Office: Room 402, 4th Floor, East Block, Yun-Ping building
Office hours: Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Email: ryan AT
TEL: 06-2757575 ext.62520 (and then another extension 35)

Grading Policy

  • Paper review and presentation (4) – 40%
  • Survey paper – 20%
  • Term Project – 40%
  • (bonus) In-class quiz (10%)
  • No written exam in this class


Reference Book

  • Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, 3rd Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, Larry L. Peterson; Bruce S. Davie
  • Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, 3rd Edition, Addison Wesley,James F. Kurose; Keith W. Ross
  • Designing Embedded Hardware, by John Catsoulis. Publisher: O’Reilly (2005)
  • The Art of Electronics, by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill ( Publisher: Cambridge, (1989)
  • An Embedded Software Primer, by David E. Simon. Publisher: Addison-Wesley (1999)
  • Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: Architectures and Protocols (Prentice Hall), by C. Siva Ram Murthy and B.S. Manoj
  • Fundamentals of WiMAX: Understanding Broadband Wireless Networking (Prentice Hall), by Jeffrey G. Andrews, Arunahha Ghosh, Rias Muhamed



  • week 1 (9/13) Administration issues
  • week 2 (9/20) No class (attend NSC meeting)
  • week 3 (9/27) Introduction to Mobile Ad hoc Network Network
  • week 4 (10/4) Introduction to Sensor Network (I)
  • week 5 (10/11) Introduction to Sensor Network (II)
  • week 6 (10/18) Tutorial on TinyOS and sensors (Todd)
  • week 7 (10/25) Introduction to VANET (I)
  • week 8 (11/1) project idea presentation
  • week 9 (11/8) Introduction to VANET (II)
  • week 10 (11/15) Tutorial on VANET simulation (Jensen)
  • week 11 (11/22) Introduction to DSRC
  • week 12 (11/29) Tutorial on WAVE BOX (Ryan)
  • week 13 (12/6) Using sensors on mobile phone
  • week 14 (12/13) Tutorial on iPhone programming (Evelyn)
  • week 15 (12/20) Sensor Data Dissemination
  • Week 16 (12/27) Introduction to Network coding
  • week 17 (1/3) Final Project demo


Lecture Slides


Paper Review and Presentation

  • Pick 4 papers that interest you from the reading list
  • The paper you review should be related to the survey paper you’re going to do
  • Send TA the list by the end of week 3 (10/1)

Reading List

  • Pick papers from the following conferences
  • VANET 2010
  • VANET 2009
  • Mobicom 2010
  • Mobicom 2009
  • Sensys 2009
  • Sensys 2008

Presentation order

Michael Chang
(week6) PeerTIS - A Peer-to-Peer Traffic Information System (vanet 2009)
(week10) Spatio-Temporal Variations of Vehicle Traffic in VANETs: Facts and Implications
(week12) A Comparison of Single- and Multi-hop Beaconing in VANETs
(week14) Installation and Evaluation of RFID Readers on Moving Vehicle

(week9) On the Effectiveness of Secret Key Extraction from Wireless Signal Strength in Real Environments (Mobicom 2009)
(week11) The Intrusion Detection in Mobile Sensor Network (MobiCom2010)
(week13) Using Vehicular Networks to Collect Common Traffic Data (VANET2009)
(week15) OpenLIDS: A Lightweight Intrusion Detection System for Wireless Mesh Networks (MobiCom2009)

(week9) A Differential OFDM Approach to Coherence Time Mitigation in DSRC (VANET 2008)
(week11) Collection Tree Protocol (SenSys 2009)
(week13) NAWMS: Nonintrusive Autonomous Water Monitoring System (Sensys 2008)

(week10) Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Efficient Opportunistic Retransmission Protocol
(week12) Link Layer Behavior of Body Area Networks at 2.4 GHz
(week14) Lance: Optimizing High Resolution Signal Collection in Wireless Sensor Networks

Survey Paper


List of topics for survey paper

  • Routing in Vehicular Network
  • Vehicular Network deployment
  • Data dissemination in Vehicular Network
  • Routing in Sensor Network
  • Data dissemination in Sensor Network
  • MAC protocols in Sensor Network
  • Energy issues in Sensor Network
  • Localization in Sensor Network
  • Underwater/Underground sensor network
  • Sensor Network deployment
  • Or, talk to me if you have anything else in mind
  • Every person should pick a different topic (first come , first serve)

Tips for writing survey paper

  • Categorize first, Comparison next
  • Where are the differences between different work?
  • What are their strength and weakness/limitation?





  • Design and implement an interesting application using the wireless sensors given out to you (or sensors on the mobile phone)
  • Design and implement an interesting application using ITRI WAVE BOX
  • (for people with hardware background) Port a new sensor that can be run on Tiny-OS-based mote (run on 3.3V)


A number of sensors can be borrowed from TA, You will use these sensors for your project

  • Sensors
    • Accelerometers
    • Gyro
    • Light
    • Temperature
    • humidity
    • GPS
    • Magnetic
    • Infrared


  • Individual project
  • Write-up
    • 1-page single-spaced proposal due at the mid point of the semester
    • 6-page, 10-pt-font, single-spaced report by the end of final week